The Major

Requirements for the Major

 

Peace and Justice Major Declaration Form (PDF file)

Students are expected to complete nine units. The major and the concentration should be designed in consultation with the program directors. The major consists of:

1. Four required courses:

  • PEAC 104 Introduction to the Study of Conflict, Justice, and Peace
  • PEAC 204 Conflict Transformation in Theory and Practice
  • PEAC 259 Topics in Peace and Justice Studies
  • PEAC 388 Senior Seminar in Peace and Justice Studies, or equivalent by permission of directors

2. One of the following courses. (Students will generally need to fulfill prerequisites for these courses if required.)

  • ECON 222 Games of Strategy
  • ECON 243 The Political Economy of Gender, Race, and Class
  • HIST 206 From Conquest to Revolution: A History of Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 263 South Africa in Historical Perspective
  • REL 257 Contemplation and Action
  • PHIL 236 Introduction to Global Justice
  • POL2 204 Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment
  • SOC 202 Sociology of Human Rights
  • SOC 209 Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender

3. Four courses above the 100 level in an area of concentration including at least one at the 300 level. Students must elect a concentration in consultation with the program directors and a faculty member knowledgeable in the area of concentration, and demonstrate the intellectual coherence of the concentration.

4. Students majoring in Peace and Justice Studies are expected to include an experiential education component in their course of study. This component should be discussed with the program directors and may include: wintersession, summer or year-long internships, course-related experiential education programs, or community service projects. 


For students who entered the College prior to the fall of 2010: A major (eight units) in Peace and Justice Studies and the concentration should be designed in consultation with the program directors. Students must elect a concentration of at least four units above the 100 level. Concentrations will normally be in one department, but may be constructed across departments. In either case, the student must demonstrate the intellectual coherence of the concentration. In cases where the student’s chosen concentration is in a discipline other than those of the directors, a second advisor in the student’s field of concentration must also be arranged. The major must include two 300-level courses. The major consists of:

1. Four required courses: PEAC 104 (Introduction to the Study of Conflict, Justice, and Peace), PEAC 204 (Conflict and Transformation), PEAC 259 (Peace and Conflict Resolution-Gender & Conflict) and a capstone seminar PEAC 388 (Trauma, Conflict and Narrative).

2. Five courses through which students are expected to develop proficiency in two areas:

a) the social, political, historical, and cultural factors that lead to conflict, violence, and injustice;

b) the various strategies and techniques of peacemaking and justice-seeking at the level of nation-states, social groups and communities within nation-states, and interpersonal and individual relationships; students are also expected to develop expertise in a particular international, national, regional, or local conflict situation.

3. Students majoring in Peace and Justice Studies are expected to include an experiential education component in their course of study. This component should be discussed with the program directors and may include: Wintersession, summer or year-long internships, course-related experiential education programs, or community service projects.

Honors

In order to be able to participate in the honors program, students must have a 3.5 GPA in courses above the 100-level that are listed on their major declaration form.  If the GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.5, the program may petition CCAP on the student’s behalf, if it supports the student’s honors work.  Click here for Peace and Justice Honors Guidelines.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Peace and Justice Studies
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel: 781.283.2563
 

Susan Skeath van Mulbregt
Co-Director
sskeath@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.2180

Catia Confortini
Co-Director, Assistant Professor
cconfort@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.3474

Susan Lange
Administrative Assistant
slange2@wellesley.edu
Tel: 781.283.2563